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Audition / Interview Dates, Procedures

Voice, Piano, Instrumental, and Dance Audition Dates:

Audition Date

Completed Application Materials Due 

Notes

Sat. Feb. 3, 2018

Dec. 1, 2017*
Dec. 15, 2017

All areas
Invited Opera Young Artists must audition in person on this date

Mon. Feb. 19, 2018

Dec. 1, 2017*
Dec. 15, 2017

All areas
Fri. March 2, 2018

Dec. 1, 2017*
Dec. 15, 2017

All areas

*Students applying for the following programs must complete the application process by December 1, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please also see "Special Program Requirements" for specific details.

  • Graduate Voice Performance (MM, DMA, Performer's Certificate, Artist Certificate) Application and pre-screening process: Successfully pre-screened applicants will be invited to audition on the date indicated on the application. Successfully pre-screened opera Young Artist Program applicants will be invited to the Saturday February 3, 2018 audition date only.
  • Graduate Saxophone Performance (MM, DMA, Performer's Certificate, Artist Certificate)  Application and pre-screening process:  Successfully screened applicants will be invited to UMKC for a live audition on the requested audition date.
  • Graduate Trumpet Performance (MM, DMA, Performer's Certificate, Artist Certificate)  Application and pre-screening process:  Successfully screened applicants will be invited to UMKC for a live audition on the requested audition date.
  • Doctoral Piano Performance (DMA, Artist Certificate) Application and pre-screening process: Successfully pre-screened applicants will be invited to on the date indicated on the Decision Desk application.
  • ALL Composition Applicants (BM, MM, DMA) Application and portfolio review process: Undergraduate applicants who pass the portfolio review will be invited to the audition phase of the application process. Graduate applicants who pass the portfolio will be offered admission; auditions are not required for graduate students.

 

I.Ph.D. Music Education Interviews

Interview Date Completed I.Ph.D.Application Materials Due
Feb. 5, 2018

Dec. 15, 2017

 

Choral Conducting Auditions

Audition Date Completed Application Materials Due
Feb. 5, 2018

Dec. 15, 2017

see special program requirements

 

For additional information about our choral program, please see our Choral Department webpage 

 

Orchestral Conducting Auditions

Audition Date Completed Application Materials Due

Orchestral conducting auditions are scheduled on an individual basis.

Auditions are arranged by contacting Dr. Robert Olson at olsonrh@umkc.edu or 816-235-5208. 

Dec. 1, 2017

see special program requirements

 

Wind Conducting Auditions

Audition Date Completed Application Materials Due

Wind conducting auditions are scheduled on an individual basis.

Auditions are arranged by contacting Dr. Steven D, Davis at davisst@umkc.edu or 816-235-2952.

Dec. 1, 2017

see special program requirements

 

 

Scheduling your Audition/Interview

  • Auditions are scheduled at the time of application.  To schedule your audition date, please apply to the Conservatory.
  • All undergraduate applicants must schedule an audition.  Certain graduate degree programs do not require an audition:
    • Music Composition MM
    • Music Composition DMA
    • Musicology MM
    • Music Education MME
    • IPhD
    • Music Therapy MA (may require an evaluative audition at a later date)
    • Music Theory MM
  • Auditions should be scheduled only in the major performing area. If a student is highly proficient in more than one instrument/voice, he/she may audition in more than one area.
  • All applicants are very strongly advised to audition on campus.  If you live more than 300 miles from campus, you may request a video audition.  Please note that video audition requests must be approved by Conservatory faculty, and full scholarship consideration may not be available to video auditions.  Contact Conservatory Admissions (cadmissions@umkc.edu) for questions about video auditions.
  • For most programs the deadline for completing and submitting all application materials is December 15, 2017. Late applications may not be allowed an audition time.
  • All auditions for Fall 2018 must be completed by March 2, 2018 in order to be eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Audition times and schedules will be confirmed approximately 30 days prior to the scheduled audition.  Unless we contact you to reschedule, you should plan to audition on the date you chose on your application.

 

Audition/Interview Details:

  • When planning to travel to UMKC for your audition, please note that audition day events start at 9:00am.  Please plan to be here by that time on your selected day.
  • Please take a look at our Repertoire Sheets page to see what will be expected on the audition/interview for your area.
  • Non-performance majors are required to perform a 10-minute audition in their applied area, except in graduate flute, where a 15-minute audition will be required.
  • The auditioning committee will have the option of hearing as much of the prepared repertoire, in whole or in part, as it deems necessary to assess the applicant's ability.  Each applicant may choose the first piece to perform.
  • There is no audition fee.
  • UMKC will provide staff accompanists for all voice auditions. There is no fee for vocal accompanists.
  • Accompanists for orchestral instruments and classical guitar are not required and will not be provided. 
  • Most programs start new students in the Fall semester only.  If you have questions about starting in the spring semester, please contact the Conservatory Admissions office.

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